The Oncofertility Consortium addresses the complex health care and quality-of-life issues that concern young cancer patients whose fertility may be threatened by their disease or its treatment. Providing comprehensive oncofertility services for cancer patients across their reproductive lifespan requires an interdisciplinary team of urologists, reproductive endocrinologists and oncologists. The purpose of the course is to educate fellows on fertility preservation and survivorship care for cancer patients across the reproductive life cycle. The course will also model a team approach to fertility preservation care.
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Describe currently available options for female and male fertility preservation including recent advances in embryo, oocyte, ovarian tissue, sperm, and testicular tissue cryopreservation.
- Formulate individualized treatment plans for patients throughout the reproductive spectrum who are interested in undergoing fertility preservation through cross-discipline collaboration.
- Appreciate the interdisciplinary approach necessary to achieve effective fertility preservation and survivorship care.
This course is primarily targeted towards first and second year fellows in the specialties of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Andrology and Male Infertility, as well as Pediatric and Adult Hematology/Oncology. Residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, or Internal Medicine with a particular interest in oncofertility are also welcome to attend.
Fellows attending this course should leave with a more comprehensive understanding of current options for fertility preservation and survivorship care as well as a working knowledge of how to counsel male and female patients at varying points in the reproductive life cycle.
The course will be comprised of didactic lectures given by leaders in the field interspersed with complex clinical cases that will be reviewed in interdisciplinary teams. Participants will be provided supplementary materials for review prior to course attendance in order to facilitate an interactive “flipped classroom” approach to team based learning.